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trip to Libya that purportedly produced no e-mails.
Month-long Gaps in E-mails submitted to the Congressional Committee on Benghazi
According to an interview on Face the Nation held on 8 March 2015, there are “huge gaps in the e-mails” provided by Hillary Clinton. Specifically, he said:
“If you think to that iconic picture of her on a C-17 flying to Libya (she has her sunglasses on and she has a handheld device in her hand), we have no e-mails from that day. In fact, we have no e-mails from that trip. So, it strains credibility to believe that if you’re on your way to Libya to discuss Libyan policy that there’s not a single document that’s been turned over to Congress. so, there are huge gaps. In respect to the President, it’s not up to Secretary Clinton to decide what’s a public record and what’s not. … Frankly, I’ve lost confidence in the State Department to make that determination. They’re the ones who allowed this arrangement. They’re the ones who did nothing about this arrangement until they got a request from our committee on the (Benghazi investigation). Frankly, I think your viewers are entitled to a neutral, detached arbiter to determine what’s a public record, first of all, because that should never have been left the custody of the government. Secondarily, what is our committee entitled to? We’re not entitled to everything. I don’t want everything. I just want everything related to Libya and the Benghazi.”
This Action by Clinton Makes Benghazi Impossible to Completely Verify
Although her e-mails were initially received and stored on a server that was located on the Clinton compound (not on government-owned servers, as required by law), Hillary Clinton requested that the Department of State release her e-mails. E-mail security experts point out that her decision to use a private e-mail server put secret information at risk.
Additionally, saving these e-mails on her private servers makes selective deletion of certain e-mails significantly easier to hide from public scrutiny. For example, if Secretary Clinton had sought donations to the Clinton Foundation fund via e-mail, those e-mails could easily have been removed without leaving any trace.
Hillary Directed Employees Reporting to Her to use only Government E-mail
According to a National Review article and a Greta Van Susteren (Fox News) report, Hillary Clinton directed employees not to use personal email accounts for official business due to security concerns.
No Government E-mail
According to the following 3 March 2015 reports by CBN and Fox News, Hillary admitted that she had conducted all of her State Department business and never used a government e-mail address.
Ron Fournier Disqualifies Gruber’s Democrats from Assessing the Hillary E-mail Scandal
Ron Fournier made the following salient point regarding this e-mail scandal:
“Let me push back on that. It’s not what ‘critics say,’ its what anyone with a brain in their head and isn’t in the (bleep) for the Clintons. I mean, this is a very clear violation of the regulations — a very clear violation of the spirit of the regulations. Those are our e-mails, they’re not hers. The server should be put forward. She should not have tried to skirt it. It’s not even a matter of debate. This is an issue she has created. It’s an issue that she can solve. I’ll go back … Let’s go way back to two weeks ago, to the foundation (to the fact that the foundation was taking form). I think that this issue is even a bigger controversy, because we all grew up around the Watergate hearings, learning that we had to ‘follow the money, follow the money, follow the money.’ I think there are some really big questions about the nexus between foreign donations to the foundation, corporate donations to the foundation, and potential conflicts of interest. And for us to follow that money, we have to go through those e-mails. Those e-mails should be a public document.“
Excerpts from the Washington Post Timeline of Actions & Regulations
The Washington Post provided the following timeline of actions and events.
Before Clinton becomes secretary of state
Oct. 30, 1995: The State Department Foreign Affairs manual is updated to reflect the emergence of something called “electronic mail.” The manual noted: “All employees must be aware that some of the variety of the messages being exchanged on E-mail are important to the Department and must be preserved; such messages are considered Federal records under the law.”
Nov. 4, 2005: The State Department updates the Foreign Affairs manual to state that “sensitive but unclassified” information should not be transmitted through personal e-mail accounts. “It is the Department’s general policy that normal day-to-day operations be conducted on an authorized AIS [Automated Information System], which has the proper level of security control to provide nonrepudiation, authentication and encryption, to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the resident information,” the manual says.
Jan. 13, 2009: Clintonemail.com domain name is registered to a person named Justin Cooper, a senior adviser to former president Bill Clinton. …
Clinton is secretary of state
Jan. 21, 2009: The Senate confirms Clinton as secretary of state.
Oct. 2, 2009: The U.S. Code of federal regulations on handling electronic records is updated: “Agencies that allow employees to send and receive official electronic mail messages using a system not operated by the agency must ensure that Federal records sent or received on such systems are preserved in the appropriate agency recordkeeping system.” The responsibility for making and preserving the records is assigned to “the head of each federal agency.”
June 29, 2011: A State Department cable to employees is issued under Clinton’s signature (as are all cables) after Google revealed that hackers were targeting the personal e-mail accounts of U.S. government employees. The cable warns: “Avoid conducting official Department business from your personal e-mail accounts.”
August 2012: The State Department inspector general issues a scathing report on the performance of U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Scott Gration that includes criticism of the fact he used a private e-mail account to handle “sensitive but unclassified” material. Gration is later fired.
Feb. 1, 2013: Clinton steps down as secretary of state.
After Clinton leaves State
March 15, 2013: Clinton’s private e-mail account is first exposed after a hacker named “Guccifer” accessed the account of former Bill Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal. The hack shows that Clinton communicated with Blumenthal using the private e-mail account of firstname.lastname@example.org, and Guccifer published a screen grab of their exchanges showing that the two discussed a number of sensitive foreign policy issues.